Cathedral confinement in support of global liberty

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Last updated 05:00 26/05/2014
Katy Allen
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SOLIDARITY: Katy Allen, daughter of Taranaki Cathedral Dean Jamie Allen, spent 40 hours chained to the church to help raise money for the 40 Hour Famine.

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Taranaki Cathedral dean Jamie Allen gave up his freedom in the hope of raising money for those starving around the world.

Allen was chained and handcuffed, along with his daughter Katy, to the church to raise money for the 40 Hour Famine on the weekend.

Allen said it gave him new insight into those around the world who were being detained against their will.

"Our focus this year has been the loss of liberty in one form or another," he said.

"To even have a glimmer of an understanding of what those girls in Nigeria are going through at the moment."

More than 200 schoolgirls were abducted by terrorist group Boko Haram on April 14 and their plight has sparked a global campaign to bring them home.

"I hope this tiny action will draw us a little closer and at least help us to be along side them in prayer."

He said as a man who prided himself on his independence, needing to ask for help had been a humbling experience.

"I like to see the job and get it done himself.

"I'm often in the fortunate position of serving others, but it's good for me to understand what it is to be served."

He said other young church members had also followed his lead by experience a lack of freedom in a number of different ways, including not being able to speak.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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